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SS John W. Griffiths
Career (United States)
Name: John W. Griffiths
Namesake: John W. Griffiths
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: Blidberg & Rothchild Co., Inc.
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 1548
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida
Cost: $1,384,690[1]
Yard number: 30
Way number: 5
Laid down: 13 December 1943
Launched: 9 February 1944
Completed: 25 March 1944
Identification:
  • Call Signal: KWBN
  • ICS Kilo.svgICS Whiskey.svgICS Bravo.svgICS November.svg[1]
Fate: Laid up in National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, Virginia, 19 May 1946
Status: Sold to Italy, 7 January 1947
Career (Italy)
Name: Dino
Owner: Corrado Societe di Navigazione, Genoa, Italy
Acquired: 7 January 1947
Fate: Sold, 1963
Career (Italy)
Name: Imera
Owner: Sicilarma Societe di Navigazione per Azioni, Genoa, Italy
Acquired: 1963
Fate: Scrapped, 1965
General characteristics [2]
Class & type:
  • Liberty ship
  • type EC2-S-C1, standard
Tonnage:
  • 10,865 LT DWT
  • 7,176 GRT
  • Displacement:
  • 3,380 long tons (3,434 t) (light)
  • 14,245 long tons (14,474 t) (max)
  • Length: 441 ft 6 in (135 m)
    Beam: 56 ft 10.75 in (17.3419 m)
    Draft: 27 ft 9.25 in (8.4646 m)
    Installed power:
    • 2 × Oil fired 450 °F (232 °C) boilers, operating at 220 psi (1,500 kPa)
    • 2,500 hp (1,900 kW)
    Propulsion:
  • 2 × oil-fired boilers
  • 1 × triple-expansion steam engine, 2,500 horsepower (1,900 kW) (manufactured by Iron Fireman Manufacturing Co., Portland, Oregon)
  • 1 × screw propeller
  • Speed: 11.5 knots (21.3 km/h)
    Capacity: 10,800 long tons deadweight (DWT)
    Complement: 41
    Armament:
    • Stern-mounted 4"/50 caliber (102 mm) gun for use against surfaced submarines
    • variety of anti-aircraft guns

    SS John W. Griffiths was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after John W. Griffiths, a naval architect who was influential in his design of clipper ships.

    Construction

    John W. Griffiths was laid down on 13 December 1943, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 1548, by J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida; she was launched on 9 February 1944.[3][1]

    History

    She was allocated to Blidberg & Rothchild Co., Inc., on 25 March 1944. On 19 May 1946, she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, in the James River Group, in Lee Hall, Virginia. On 7 January 1947, she was transferred to the Italian Government, which in turn sold her to Corrado Socite di Navigazione, Genoa, Italy, for $544,506, on 10 January 1947. She was renamed Dino. In 1963, she was sold to Sicilarma Societe di Navigazione per Azioni, Genoa, and renamed Imera. She was scrapped in Spezia in 1965.[4][5]

    See also

    • Convoy UGS-40

    References

    Bibliography


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